To use the Fashioner, you must select something from the Fashioner catalog to open the program. Select Patternmaker Pro > Fashioner off the main menu.
The Fashioner catalog page shows you all the current patterns available. Each item includes an image, name and an info button that will take you to the detail page.
On the left side of the catalog page you'll find filtering options. Use these to narrow down the display on the page.
At the top is a Search box. Enter in a term or name to locate specific patterns.
The second option is searching by Category. Each garment is assigned one or more categories.
The third option is Body Category. Every pattern draft is intended for a certain body type.
Every pattern draft has an intended body size that correlates to these categories. For example, the Bodice Front Sloper with Dart is in the Adult with Bust category. That means that it is drafted for a body with breasts that is 146 cm to 198.1 cm (4’9.5” to 6’6”) tall.
This should make it possible to use a full-grown adult pattern for a doll or a child with no effort on your part. We have successfully used the adult patterns to create Barbie clothes when testing. Understand that nothing is perfect and you should make sure the draft looks correct by viewing the PNG image before printing.
After selecting the Pattern Detail button, you'll be taken to the individual pattern page. This works just like Garment selection. See the Garment Information page.
After selecting a Measurement Set from the drop-down, select the Add to Fashioner Basket button.
Unlike garments that are output individually, you can send more than one pattern to the Fashioner. Patterns are held in your basket until you output them to the Fashioner. Baskets are owned by the Measurement Set chosen.
After adding a pattern, you can add another by choosing the Add More Patterns button. On the second and subsequent pattern choices, you will not be asked for a Measurement Set. They will use the one assigned to the active basket.
You will also see a basket in the upper right corner with a count of the number of patterns it currently contains.
You can't change to another Measurement Set or start a new Fashioner session with items in your basket. You need to go into your basket and clear all patterns first. Use the Delete button next to each pattern to remove them and release the basket.
All the variables for the patterns in the basket will be shown and shared. You can set the General Seam Allowance here and it will apply to all the patterns. Learn more about Variables.
Finally, select the Fashioner Tool button to open the patterns in the Fashioner and the basket will clear.
Note that the Fashioner session is not saved automatically when you open it. You must use the Save option yourself.